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UN Rights Chief Zeid In US Talks Jordan Pilot, ICP on Pansieri Replacement

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 6 -- The official visit to the US of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid culminated, such as it was, in a press conference at Georgetown Law School on February 6 that had almost nothing to do with rights in the US.

  Zeid, perhaps understandably but significantly, began the press conference with a speech not about the US, police brutality or discrimination in lend, about about the burning to death by ISIS of a Jordanian pilot. Would an event in, say, Sudan have begun this way?

  Zeid's office at the UN in New York pitched his appearance to select journalists at UNHQ -- not Inner City Press - by sending a link to the webcast on C-SPAN. Notably, C-SPAN said before Zeid spoke that he was expected to address the burned Jordanian pilot, and identifying Zeid and former Jordanian Ambassador to the US.

  Who tipped them off? Who promoted the event this way?

  This perspective at Zeid's office in Geneva may even get worse. Inner City Press exclusively reports that while Zeid's deputy Flavia Pansieri of Italyis scheduled to end her  term on 15 March 15, she is apparently seeking an extension at OHCHR. While some say Italy is not expected to actively support an extension for Pansieri, as it is focused on lobbying for Emma Bonino to be appointed as head of OCHA, while half-Italian, half-Swedish Staffan de Mistura is Special Envoy on Syria.

  Inner City is told that OHCHR New York ASG Ivan Simonovic has an interest in the Iraq position being vacated by Nicholai Mladenev (as first reported by Inner Cty Press on January 30).  If Simonovic goes to the Iraq post, then the thinking is that Secretary General Ban K-moon might extend Pansieri, on the basis that it would not be wise to have both OHCHR ASGs depart at the same time, with a recently appointed HC Zeid (see below).

 But now another factor - on the day that Zeid shoud have, at least for one day, focused on rights INSIDE the US, he instead focused on the killing of a Jordanian pilot. Groups he met with wrote to Inner City Press, and even urged coverage of the press conference. But it was mostly NOT about the US.


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